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Matt Yglesias Named Executive Editor of Ezra Klein’s New Vox Media Venture

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Matt Yglesias will serve as executive editor of the new Vox Media venture founded by Ezra Klein, FishbowlNY has learned.

“That is my title,” Yglesias confirmed to FishbowlNY in an email Monday morning. “Now obviously the website itself needs a name and I suppose titles could change too as we build out the team, but ‘executive editor’ is the title Ezra and Melissa and I have had down on paper for me for months.”

Klein will be editor-in-chief.

Slate’s prolific economics blogger announced last week that he would join Klein, The Washington Post who recently quit to start his own publication with staff from his popular policy site, Wonkblog.

“There’s not much to say at this point,” Yglesias told The New York Times last Thursday, declining to provide details of his new position, “other than that I’m very excited to be part of this team and we’re hoping to announce some more stuff in the near future.”

But when Klein announced in a post on The Verge on Sunday that he would launch his new site with Vox, he and Yglesias chimed into the comments below. And, thanks to Vox’s comment system, which verifies official authors with a checkmark and job title, Yglesias revealed his role as executive editor.

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Wired Puts Jonah Peretti on the Cover

WiredFeb2014CoverIs there, at this point, anything left to learn about BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti and the inner workings of his Wonka-esque viral factory? Let’s take a look.

For the February Wired UK cover story, editor David Rowan notes that the conference rooms at BuzzFeed’s new offices at 200 Fifth Avenue are all named in honor of ragingly successful Internet memes like “Princess Monster Truck” and “Grumpy Cat.” There is also mention of The Golden Rules of Shareability, the gobstopper document given to every new BuzzFeed employee.

But the meat of the Wired article is about how BuzzFeed’s evolution has led it to a place where it’s no longer just a matter of the total number of article page-views. If for example a longer-form item is reaching the right niche of readers, it can be deemed a SlamDunk:

“Ben [Smith] drilled into me that if you’re doing something that will get only 50,000 views, that’s fine – as long as our piece is optimized to get all 50,000 who should see it,” says Shani Hilton, deputy executive editor, previously at NBC in Washington, and whose beat now includes tech, LGBT, fashion and sport.

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Friends, Colleagues Remember New York Observer Editor Peter Kaplan

As the sad news of the passing at age 59 from cancer of Peter Kaplan spread Friday, current Observer senior editor Colin Campbell suggested “there’s no better source on Mr. Kaplan than the editor himself.” And so, Campbell for his first piece chose to republish Kaplan’s 2008 tribute to New York magazine founder Clay Felker.

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BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir meanwhile led off her memories with what she deemed a typically “quirky” Kaplan hiring experience:

In July 2007, when I was a writer for Gawker, I got an email from Nikki Finke that said in the subject line: “Peter Kaplan called and asked who to hire as his media writer/editor. I said you.” And so a few days later I got coffee with Peter at Le Pain Quotidien on 19th Street between Park and Broadway, just down the block from the old Observer offices, and a few weeks later, after several back-and-forths about what the job was (I was to be writing about “ideas”) and how much money I would be making (not very much), I was hired.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: PDaily Buys NSFW Corp | Duffy Slams BuzzFeed | NYT Shuffles Media Desk

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PandoDaily Acquires NSFW Corp to Double Down on Investigative Reporting (PandoDaily)
There are three people who have long been on my dream team to help me build PandoDaily. One of them I’ve still gotta work on. The second is Mike Tatum, who keeps saying no and then keeps doing work for us for free anyway. The third is joining us by way of acquisition. I’m sure regular readers can guess who I am talking about: Paul Carr. I’m thrilled to announce that PandoDaily has reached a deal to acquire his company, NSFW Corp. FishbowlNY The deal comes on the heels of a recent chronicling on PandoDaily of Carr’s journalism crowd-funding efforts. Looks like he just accelerated that initiative and we are personally thrilled that NSFW Corp will live on. The Guardian Carr’s last venture was surprisingly old-school. NSFW Corp, a news site that billed itself as “The Economist written by the Daily Show,” put out a print magazine — and it even put up a paywall. Despite winning fans, it didn’t make money. Poynter / MediaWire NSFW Corp tried to raise money to keep going independently in September. It laid off three people earlier in November.

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Glenn Greenwald Leaving Guardian for ‘Once-in-a-Career Dream Journalistic Opportunity’

GleenGreenwaldTwitterProfilePicSome very big journalism news is being broken this afternoon by BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith. Although major details are still to be announced, the gist is that Glenn Greenwald is leaving The Guardian:

Greenwald declined to comment on the precise scale of the new venture or on its budget, but he said it would be “a very well-funded… very substantial new media outlet.” He said the source of funding will be public when the venture is officially announced.

“My role, aside from reporting and writing for it, is to create the entire journalism unit from the ground up by recruiting the journalists and editors who share the same journalistic ethos and shaping the whole thing — but especially the political journalism part — in the image of the journalism I respect most,” he said.

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BuzzFeed Selects Gregory Johnsen as Inaugural Michael Hastings Fellow

BuzzFeedLogoBuzzFeed has selected Gregory Johnsen as the inaugural Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow. During the year-long fellowship, Johnsen will focus on “US national security and its impact both domestically and around the world,” according to a release.

“Gregory Johnsen has already proven himself one of his generation’s wisest and most original voices on national security. He’s the right writer to carry on Michael’s legacy of fiercely intelligent and deeply compelling journalism about how America has shaped and been shaped by more than a decade of war,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, in a statement.

Johnsen begins October 20.

BuzzFeed Names Australia Editor

Get ready Australia, BuzzFeed is coming for you. The first step was just announced, as BuzzFeed named Simon Crerar its Australia editor. Crerar will be responsible for expanding BuzzFeed’s reach down under. Crerar most recently served as visual story editor for News Corp Australia.

“Simon has a great sense both for news and the stimulating shareable content beloved by BuzzFeed readers from Los Angeles to Melbourne, and his overwhelming enthusiasm for Australia will be obvious to local readers,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, in a statement.

“BuzzFeed’s unique approach to shaping news in the social age is ideally suited to Australia, a nation with the world’s highest rate of Facebook use and a national conversation shaped by Twitter and emerging social media tools,” added Crerar.

Ad Age Takes a Gander at the Website That ‘Ate the News’

You’ve got to love a list that starts off with gloves-off comments from executives at a pair of very recognizable media brands. Crowning Michael Sebastian‘s compilation of ten surprising things about UK behemoth Mail Online is the relayed observation that the UK/U.S. operation considers itself the antithesis of BuzzFeed:

BuzzFeed is about viral content, something MailOnline certainly appreciates, said Martin Clarke, publisher of MailOnline.”But really what we’re about is the big homepage,” he said. “We do stories that we think are going to work on our home page, which is why we don’t do ’31 Things To Do Before Breakfast.’”

(BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith defended the site’s emphasis on social media. “He’s right that we’re doing opposite things: we’re trying to create great content that people are proud, not embarrassed, to share,” he said in a statement.)

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BuzzFeed Names Miriam Elder Foreign and National Security Editor

BuzzFeed has named Miriam Elder as its first foreign and national security editor. Elder comes to BuzzFeed from The Guardian, where she served as Moscow correspondent. Elder had been in Moscow since 2006.

“Miriam is a great journalist and social web native who has an great sense both for news and for the next big story, as her coverage of the recent political protest in Russia — on the web, and on Twitter — has shown,” Ben Smith, editor of BuzzFeed, said in a statement. “Her deep roots in international news will be vital to bringing this coverage to a new medium and through new forms.”

Elder will be based in New York and begins July 25.

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BuzzFeed Adding Foreign News Coverage

BuzzFeed is branching out. Again. The New York Times reports that the site is taking steps to add foreign coverage by adding a Washington-based foreign editor and six reporters under him or her. Two of those staffers will likely be stationed in Cairo and Mexico City.

Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, told the Times that the push for foreign reporting was inspired by readers’ reaction to BuzzFeed’s Boston Marathon coverage. “Now we have an audience that wants to learn what’s going on in the world,” he explained.

With this expansion, it’s only a matter of time before BuzzFeed has a section for everything. Think Huffington Post, only less sideboob. For now.

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